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April 2 Overwatch hero pools ban Mercy and others from rotation

Published: 2/Apr/2020 19:47

by Michael Gwilliam

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The fifth week of Overwatch hero pools have arrived, and Mercy players will not be happy with the new bans.

After week four saw a whopping six heroes banned, including four damage characters, this week will see the least amount of heroes out of rotation, yet.

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Aside from Mercy being the lone support banned, on the tank side of things, Wrecking Ball won’t be playable until April 7. Finally, everyone’s favorite archer, Hanzo, won’t be seeing any play time.

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Ball won’t be knocking you around this week.

With Mercy removed and the hitscan DPS of Widowmaker, McCree and Soldier back in battle, it will be interesting to see how effective they are, as the support will not be available to damage boost their attacks.

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Additionally, while Pharah dominated games last week, she could struggle immensely now. Her Experimental Mode buffs have not yet gone live in competitive, which means that players will need to continue to rely on landing direct hits consistently for the time being.

No Mercy means no “Pharmercy” combo, so players may want to take a step back from playing the rocket queen until Mercy is back and the Experimental Mode buffs go through.

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Mercy. Wrecking Ball and Hanzo are out of rotation.

On the flip side, no Wrecking Ball means that in situations where tank players need to stall out an objective, their best bet would be to swap onto either a D.va or Winston.

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That said, on maps like Temple of Anubis, an emergency Reinhardt swap could get more value just because of the trade potential of the Charge ability.

Hanzo being banned will mean there’s one less instant-kill character available, but overall, his removal from rotation should probably have little effect on your matches – unless you are a Hanzo main, or rely overly on the Graviton Surge Dragonstrike combo.

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Bad news, Hanzo mains.

Fans are looking forward to seeing what week six of hero pools has in store, as Game Director Jeff Kaplan did go on record saying that for the first five weeks they would be “trying a range to see what feel right.”

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Kaplan also suggested that hero pools would be moved to a daily format in the future, so it’s also possible that the weekly pools are sidelined in the future update.

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Overwatch meets WarCraft with epic RTS custom game mode

Published: 7/Oct/2020 0:12

by Bill Cooney

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Overwatch and RTS games like WarCraft and StarCraft might seem like complete opposites, but the two styles have been combined into a very promising-looking Workshop mode that lets you control multiple heroes as if they were individual units.

If we look at Blizzard games like one big family tree, then the StarCraft and Warcraft franchises could probably be considered something like Overwatch’s grandparents.

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Back in the day StarCraft especially was one of the biggest esports on the planet, but the RTS genre has sadly fallen to wayside in recent years. Both still have dedicated communities though (even after the disaster that was Reforged) and it’s safe to say a good number also play Overwatch now as well.

Irish Overwatch manager Andygmb clearly hasn’t outgrown his love for real-time strategy, not that one ever does, decided to take the top down style from those games and apply it to all of our favorite heroes using Josbird’s cursor tool in the Workshop mode.

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Demo of a MOBA / RTS style control scheme in the Workshop! The possibilities with the workshop are endless! from Overwatch

You can scroll around the map, and drag the map to select multiple units and control them all at once. Like an RTS game, you can tell them where to go, and when to attack something.

Right off the top of our heads if they ever were to make an Overwatch game like this, we’d wager that Roadhog rush would be a great opening build to start with.

But it doesn’t take much to imagine a League of Legends-style game as well being made playable with this type of game either. Sure, Blizzard already has Heroes of the Storm, but that only features a few Overwatch heroes to choose from, where this could add the whole roster.

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Overwatch has over 30 different heroes that could make all kinds of different units.

With Heroes of the Storm already existing (and producing cooler skins for D.Va than Overwatch itself) our chances of seeing an official RTS featuring the game’s heroes are unfortunately slim to none.

That has never stopped players before though, so we’d keep our eyes out for some kind of League clone to appear before too long on the Custom Game browser. Until then, you can always waste more time playing Among Us there as well.